Celebrity Cruises To Launch Ship-wide Gaming

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According to a release, Celebrity’s ships are an ideal setting for Cantor Gaming’s mobile gaming technology, offering a selection of casino-style games to Celebrity’s guests. The new program will offer Celebrity’s guests yet another opportunity to enjoy entertainment in a convenient way while onboard. “We are excited to partner with Celebrity Cruises and bring our premier mobile gaming technology to its high-end ships, allowing passengers to play our popular suite of casino games while enjoying their vacation,” said Lee M. Amaitis, President and CEO of Cantor Gaming. “This is an important milestone for us, as it marks our first venture bringing our mobile gaming platform to the cruise industry.” Celebrity said its guests will be able to play the full suite of Cantor Gaming mobile casino games on their personal smartphones and tablets by downloading the application, which is compatible with Apple and Android devices. The free download will be available to Celebrity customers across its shipboard wi-fi network. These games will include a selection of slots, table games and video poker, all of which will be available on the Cantor Gaming mobile gaming platform. The new technology will be installed on Celebrity’s five Solstice Class ships and four “Solsticized” Millennium Class ships, in the coming months. Celebrity Cruises’ Senior Vice President of Operations Greg Purdy said, “We are delighted to bring Cantor Gaming’s innovative mobile gaming solution into our modern luxury vacation offering. This state-of-the-art technology allows guests to play outside of the action-filled casino, whether relaxing by the pool, or waiting for their partner to get ready for their night of onboard dining and drinks, and will be an excellent addition to the edgy entertainment we offer onboard.” He continued: “Cantor Gaming’s modern approach to mobile gaming will help us ensure that our guests have an unmatched experience on our luxurious ships.” Once guests have downloaded the Cantor Mobile Casino application they will be invited to create a “virtual wallet” at the ship’s casino desk to activate and fund their account, following which they can enjoy a broad selection of games on their personal mobile devices anywhere onboard the ship while it is in international waters, the companies noted. ((Comments on this story may be sent to newsdesk@closeupmedia.com))

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Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 1 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Celebrity Cruises to launch ship-wide gaming Cruise Log Fran Golden, Special for USA TODAY 12:50 p.m. EDT September 26, 2013 Celebrity passengers will soon be able to play casino games even when they are not in a ship’s casino by downloading a free app. (Photo: Celebrity Cruises) Alaska SHARE 46 CONNECT 49 TWEET 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE For those who want to play poker at the pool and slots at dinner, Celebrity Cruises has teamed with Las Vegas-based Cantor Gaming for a cruise industry first mobile gaming you can access ship-wide. Celebrity passengers will soon be able to play casino games even when they are not in a ship’s casino by downloading a free application, Cantor Mobile Casino, to their smartphones or tablets via the ship’s Wi-Fi. PHOTO GALLERY: Tour a Celebrity ship After creating a “virtual wallet” at the ship’s casino desk to activate and fund their accounts, cruisers will be able to choose from games including slots, table games and video poker to play anywhere onboard. One caveat: The ship needs to be in international waters. “This state-of-the-art technology allows guests to play outside of the action-filled casino, whether relaxing by the pool, or waiting for their partner to get ready for their night of onboard dining and drinks, and will be an excellent addition to the edgy entertainment we offer onboard,” said Celebrity Cruises’ senior vice president of operations Greg Purdy, in a prepared statement. The Cantor gaming app is compatible with Apple and Android devices. The new technology will be installed on Celebrity’s five Solstice-class ships and four Millennium-class ships in coming months, Celebrity officials said. Fran Golden is the Experience Cruise expert blogger and a contributing editor of Porthole Magazine. She is the co-author of Frommer’s Alaska Cruises and Ports of Call. Golden is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away.

Celebrity chef dabbles in Scotch

Heck, theres even a celebrity chef-endorsed antacid . So, why not have a single-malt Scotch that bears a celebrity chefs name? That was the thinking when The Dalmore, a whiskey with roots going back to 1839, partnered with French-born, New York-based chef Daniel Boulud on this limited-release bottle (just 1,000 will be made available, sold through high-end wine and liquor stores as well as eventually through the chefs online store ). Even though he keeps busy running 14 restaurants around the globe, serving a $32 braised rib and foie gras burger, among other dishes, Boulud was actively involved in creating the spirit, working with Dalmore master distiller Richard Paterson on selecting specific barrels to create the final blend, which includes whiskies aged up to 18 years. (But its a mistake to call the final product a blend since all the whisky in it originates from a single distillery.) I wanted a generous, full-bodied whisky, but with aromas of caramel and also some candied orange and toasted praline, says Boulud. Um, who says Frenchmen drink only Cognac? Key stat: Click to Play Daniel Boulud tries his hand at Scotch After months of working with the renowned distillers at The Dalmores, chef Daniel Boulud is offering a bespoke single malt based on the cuisine of his restaurants. Charles Passy joins the News Hub for Weekend Sip. (Photo: AP) The Dalmore (and the brand name always has The in front of it) has gained a reputation for offering some of the worlds most expensive and sought-after whiskies. A case in point: The recently released Richard Paterson Collection 12 bottles of whiskies that date as far back as 1926, packaged together for $1.4 million. That makes the $200 Boulud bottle a steal by comparison. Also see: 10 things celebrity chefs wont say What we think about it: Bouluds whiskey lives up to its heavy promise at least on the nose. We especially pick up those scents of caramel and candied orange.

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